Twitter Working on A New DM Security Feature
Some newly found code suggests that Twitter may start working on direct encrypted messages again.
Elon Musk would likely get Twitter to restart a project that would add end-to-end encryption to its Direct Messages platform. It would be a fun turn of events.
According to Jane Manchun Wong, the journalist who discovered the changes in Twitter’s code, it seems like work on the latest Android app has restarted.
Jane Manchun Wong discovered the behavior. Even if Elon Musk wanted to make Twitter direct messages more private and secure. Twitter has abandoned this concept after testing an encrypted “private conversations” feature in 2018.
If Twitter added the ability to send direct encrypted messages, they could compete better with other secure messaging networks like Signal and WhatsApp.
But work on the project stopped, and Twitter never said why. It also never said why it had never said anything about the prototype Wong found being built in the app years ago. Wong now says she has detected work done on encrypted DM’s resume.
She posted a screenshot of Twitter’s code on Twitter. There is a connection to encryption keys and their use in end-to-end encrypted chats.
In another screenshot, which shows a “Conversation key,” the app states that the “Chat key” is a number created for the user’s encryption keys based on the conversation.
The message says that the end-to-end encryption will work if the number matches the one in the recipient’s phone. Musk reacted to Wong’s tweets with a winking face emoji, which can be construed as a confirmation, or at least what passes for one now.
Twitter has fired off its communications staff and no longer responds to reporter requests for comment. However, end-to-end encryption is a technology that shouldn’t rush out of the gate.
Musk’s Twitter is also working on other things, like a relaunch of the Twitter Blue membership that will happen later this month. Musk, on the other hand, recently said that “the goal of Twitter DMs is to superset Signal.”
It suggests that he thinks encryption is the right way for Twitter’s direct message (DM) service. Musk just said that “X will be the everything app” in response to a user’s question about whether Twitter would buy a phone company or replace WhatsApp.